Pub history and London

East London, Essex, & the City of London.

This site is about the History of East London & Essex , which share many links. Much of the early history of Essex is now entwined into that of the East of London - and some areas are still in Essex, but feel more a part of London.

The Watkins Commercial & General London Directory Map (1852)

Thanks go to for this excellent resource.

Here is the original Watkins map, in low resolution, and below are thumbnails to allow closer examination.

Here is the map segmented as above, using thumbnails of each section.

I use jpeg format files as they are generally smaller than gif, I use the free software from MWSnap to do this, very easily. It is brilliant software, thank you.

These images are about 225KB each.

To create this layout, create a table and add thumbnails; this is done by adding each image temporarily to a web page, in turn - and then selecting auto format to thumbnail for each picture. Once created, copy the thumbnail into the relevant section of the table, and delete the temporary file.

Thanks again, go to for this excellent resource.